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How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Ask The VC

Question: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? The primary ways VCs mitigate risk are (1) time diversification, (2) stage diversification, (3), sector diversification, (4) pro-rata or over pro-rata investing over time, and (5) number of investments in the portfolio. This ebbs and flows.

Portfolio POV: What’s Trending on Everipedia?

Mucker Lab

Editor’s Note: This guest post is the first of an ongoing series offering up an insider-point of view from a portfolio company.

How to get attention from internet celebrities

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I get a constant stream of requests to look at new startups or to announce something that a startup just did. Most of the email is truly spam. Ever.

Put the internet to work for you

John O'Farrell

Worldwide, we pass over 35 billion hours a month in the digital world, with US Internet users spending an average of 32 hours online monthly.

Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio.

Try On The Decision For 30 Days

Feld Thoughts

My portfolio melted down with the bursting of the Internet bubble. The depressive episode only lasted three months, but the s**t show continued through 2002 as most VCs and Internet companies suffered a massive collapse. Entrepreneurship decisions internet bubble mobiusHere’s an example. I did my deals.

Use The Internet To Supercharge Your Real Estate Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It’s also one of the few industries that rely on brokers that haven’t been disrupted by the Internet. Not yet, at least. Technology


So You Want to Compete Against Amazon?

Jeff Jordan

Here is a simple illustration of their scale, using data from Internet Retailer: Amazon is larger than the next dozen largest e-tailers—COMBINED!

You Can’t Spell Hardware without H-A-R-D

K9 Ventures

That’s 7 out of about 29 investments that K9 has made to date and so that’s almost 1/4 of the K9 portfolio. Hardware is different.

Unpacking the Grocery Stack

Jeff Jordan

E-commerce Portfolio Companies consumer e-commerce Jeff Jordan Photo: Getjustin. Online penetration of groceries is extremely low.

Software Eats Education: An Audacious Undertaking

Peter Levine

By leveraging the economics of the Internet, Udacity aims to democratize education by delivering world-class coursework to hundreds of thousands of students everywhere. Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies Education Sebastian ThrunI love teaching because I am able to make a difference in a student’s future. Help us spread the word.

How To Grow Your Online Influence And Why You Are Failing


It may be a authority blog or an arresting portfolio of images or even a YouTube channel depending on what you do. START HERE. Be Social.

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E-commerce 2.0

Jeff Jordan

One of the leaders in this is , one of our portfolio companies. One reality in e-commerce today is that you want to avoid trying to compete directly with Amazon, who is hyper-aggressive in leveraging their enormous scale and cost advantage to offer the largest selection and lowest prices on the Internet. E-commerce 1.0

Measuring Incrementality: Controlled Experiments to the Rescue!

Occam's Razor

Smart Marketers work hard to ensure that their digital marketing and advertising efforts are focused on the most impactful portfolio of channels.

On the Road to Recap:

The same thing happened to many Internet stocks. Gavin Baker, a high-profile portfolio manager at Fidelity has a message for Unicorn CEOs: “Generate $1 of free cash flow, and then you can invest everything else in growth and stay at $1 in free cash flow for years. By January of 2016, that number had ballooned to 229. Employees.

How Top Venture Capitalists Create (and Sometimes Destroy) Portfolio Company Value

David Teten

Mr. Fralic has 25 years of technology industry experience, with significant Internet business development roles since 1996. Panelists.

Why Leave A Six Figure Corporate Job For Internet Entrepreneurship? by Yaro Starak

That said, I have some of my stock portfolio in hedge funds managed by folks I know (I know you are thinking Madoff at this point), and most in vehicles that are on auto-pilot. A small part of my portfolio is purely in speculative plays, but I believe in value investing over time. All he needs is his laptop and internet connection.

Overcoming the Last Mile

Peter Levine

On top of it all, all these devices will connect to the Internet over congested mobile and WiFi networks, which will continue to be strained as applications get richer and more sophisticated. Portfolio Companies applications Instart Logic Mobile Today’s Web and mobile users expect near instant delivery of applications.

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Web 3.0+: The Hyperconnected Global Internet


I overviewed the growth of the global internet and penetration, noting that the future of the Web was going to be driven by emerging countries, as mobile connectivity continues to be more ubiquitous and the West is largely penetrated. Globalization of the Internet. conference in NYC, in September 2010. It is a nuanced, layered film.

Betting That Narrow Can Be Big

Jeff Jordan

Similarly, on the Internet, the early winners were “portals” that carried a broad range of programming. The market is large and growing.

Swedish Kinnevik Invested €1.1 Billion Into Rocket Internet. Should we care?


However may I remind you what Rocket Internet really is? A simple, thought highly profitable, copy-paste button.

The Entrepreneur’s Wish List from VCs [part 1]

VC Cafe

Host workshops and help establish a strong management team within your portfolio. It may be the case for you as well.

Stitch Fix: Reinventing Retail Through Personalization

ecommerce Internet retailing Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech Ecommerce Retailing Stitch Fix Katrina herself is equally impressive.

2011 Consumer Internet Predictions « Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog


Home About Lightspeed Team jump to navigation 2011 Consumer Internet Predictions December 3, 2010 Posted by jeremyliew in 2011 , advertising , Consumer internet , Ecommerce , ltv , mobile , predictions , social games. Year of the tablet Smartphones transformed the mobile internet. Social games overflow out of Facebook Grade: C+.

Intuit to Acquire Demandforce for $424MM

This morning, Intuit announced its agreement to acquire one of Benchmark’s portfolio companies, Demandforce, for $424mm. advertising Internet Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech Demandforce LocalAs with Instagram, Benchmark Capital is the largest institutional investor in Demandforce.

Hardware, IoT, and the Long Arc of the Internet

Agile VC

How does physical stuff fit in with NextView’s investment thesis focused on the internet and the broad innovation wave it represents?

Hardware, IoT, and the Long Arc of the Internet

Agile VC

How does physical stuff fit in with NextView’s investment thesis focused on the internet and the broad innovation wave it represents?

How to Start a Movement

Ben's Blog

A few months ago, my friend Joe Green sent me a video titled, “ The Internet is My Religion ”: In it, Jim Gilliam gives us a short tour of his life’s story. In order to promote these films, Jim developed a series of techniques using the Internet to basically create a movement—i.e. Portfolio CompaniesMargaret Mead.

Revolution at the Edge

Ben's Blog

In 2012, most everyone takes the Internet for granted and believes its emergence to be a logical, evolutionary step. A review of the technology press in 1993 and 1994 reveals that almost nobody believed the Internet would be important. HIstory Portfolio CompaniesIt’s a start, a work of art. People, people we are the same.

How would you start a PayPal or rebuild Visa today?

Scott Weiss

Ben began designing a system based on the impending ubiquity of the Internet; something consumers, banks, businesses, and developers had immediate access to on their phones and computers. The world needs a better way to transfer value, the same way it needed a better way to transfer information before the Internet went mainstream.

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What Has Changed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

it is the single biggest megatrend in the consumer internet space right now. most new consumer internet startups need to build for iOS, Android, and web at the same time. The combination of these three factors is making it harder for consumer internet companies (web and mobile) to get funding. A lot, actually.

The Dangers Of Being Too Early

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I often think of the formative years of the Internet, in the early/mid 90s. Josh Harris was the first person to show me audio streaming over the Internet. Josh was the first person to show me video streaming over the Internet. I have been reading Whiplash , a book I recommended here last week.

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Neul powers new wireless network for the internet of things

The Equity Kicker

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could stick a $5 module into anything and have it talk wirelessly to the internet? Portfolio

Who’s on call?

John O'Farrell

Many Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies, for example GitHub, MixPanel, GoodData, CipherCloud and Snaplogic, are members of this class.

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The Future of Networking

Ben's Blog

Through the years, the platform that I grew up on has served the world extremely well, enabling the massive build out of the Internet itself. Portfolio CompaniesI’ve seen the future and it will be. I’ve seen the future and it works. Prince, The Future. Major technology platforms tend to last about 25 to 30 years. The Time is Now.

My Notes From The Ed Dale Internet Marketing Seminar by Yaro Starak

Ed Dale, if you don’t know him, is one of Australia’s most well known and likable Internet marketers, who adds a uniquely Australian flavour to the industry. Ed also has a rep for website flipping, having earlier in his career sold his website portfolio for $5 million dollars. The Cutting Edge Of Internet Marketing.


This Julep is Mint!

Jeff Jordan

Spencer is CEO of Seattle-based Zillow, one of the largest Internet real estate businesses. I first met him when I served on the board of Hotwire, an Internet travel business that Spencer co-founded. He is an experienced, extremely talented Internet executive and a very good guy. million Series B round ( here ).

Cracking The Code: "10 Things Every CEO Needs to Know About.

Cracking the Code

Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. internet. (6). Rowe).

Why the Browser Matters

Ben's Blog

Before my partner Marc Andreessen and his friends at the University of Illinois invented the browser in 1993, most people thought only scientists and researchers would use the Internet. The Internet was thought to be too arcane, insecure and slow to meet real business needs. Companies People Portfolio Companies

Internet/Media: 5 things that will define 2011 « Lightspeed.


Home About Lightspeed Team jump to navigation Internet/Media: 5 things that will define 2011 December 8, 2010 Posted by Bipul Sinha in advertising , Consumer internet , social media , social networks , startups. The aggregation of such high-intent traffic is what makes Google a formidable force on the Internet. Are you ready? *A